St. Joseph's Catholic College

Safeguarding & eSafety

Safeguarding at St. Joseph’s

St Joseph’s is a welcoming environment where everyone is highly valued and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for all are fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole person within a supportive, secure and creative environment. A broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum provides equal opportunity for all students to maximise their potential regardless of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation or learning ability. We endeavour to promote positive relationships with parents, governors and members of the wider community.

We aim to promote equality, confront any form of discrimination and actively promote harmonious relations in all areas of College life. We seek to remove any barriers to access, participation, progression, attainment and achievement. We take seriously our contribution towards safeguarding and aim to promote good physical and mental health for all members of our community.

Safeguarding the children in the College’s care is central to the ethos of St Joseph’s and one of the fundamental ways in which the College acts upon the belief that “all are valued” and that "each individual is seen as unique, with infinite potential for growth”.

Please do read our policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which you can find in the Policies section of this website.  There are some key details that you need to know, which are outlined below.

St. Joseph's Catholic College Safeguarding Statement:

  • This College takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care. “The welfare of the child is paramount.” Children Act 1989.
  • Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the College.
  • We will follow procedures set out by the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE).
  • We recognise that staff, because of their contact with and knowledge of children or young people in their care, are well placed to identify abuse and offer support to children in need.
  • Our first priority is your child’s welfare and therefore there may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you.  The procedures we follow have been laid down by the South West Child Protection Procedures  If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or read the Safeguarding Policy, available on this website.

Every school has a safeguarding team, which is led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Leads.  If you have a concern about the safety of any child, please do not hesitate to contact these members of staff.  If, for any reason, you cannot contact one of these people, please do not hesitate to leave a message with a tutor or the pastoral team, who will ensure that someone who can help you is contacted urgently.

The contacts may be reached by using the school's main phone number. They are:

Designated Safeguarding Lead:                           Mrs. Kathryn Sanders

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:              Mrs. Nicki Grace

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:              Mrs. Clare O'Connell 

Designated Senior Manager for Allegations:       Mrs. Helen Peace

Link Governor for Safeguarding:                         Miss Jessica Higgins

Committee Responsible:                                     Full Governing Body


Online Safety

Many teenagers have an unknowing adversity to staying safe online. They have grown up in a world of constant connectedness where anybody can be contacted in nearly an instant. This has led to many young web users who are able to connect with people from all over the world at the click of a button and in some cases a culture of creating as many online ‘friends’ as possible.

The advantages of being so connected are boundless, however, this does not come without issues - especially where it comes to safety and privacy online. Although easy to meet new ‘friends’ online, you really do have to pose the question, ‘Do I really know the person I am talking too?’. It is all too common to share too much information with the people you meet. When you think you are getting to know someone and start revealing information about where you live, where you go when you are out and what school you go to, it can become very easy for another person to build a profile about your routines and who your family and friends and various other bits of personal information.

We frequently read about ‘online predators’ in the news and young people who have been taken advantage of online, but by looking at and taking note of the information available on the websites we have listed below, you could save yourself and those around from becoming one of those victims.

What can you do to help?

  • Make sure that the PC/laptop remains in view of adults and is NOT in a bedroom (predators can quickly establish if a child in in a bedroom and unsupervised)
  • Explain to your child that they should ONLY chat or webcam with people that they ‘know’ (people that they have actually met in the real world)
  • Make sure that your child understands the dangers of posting personal information such as real name, address, postcode, school (predators can find out an awful lot about someone from very little)
  • Discourage posting of personal photographs to social networking sites unless the profile has the tightest of privacy settings. (Photos are like a ‘cybertattoo’ once out there they can NEVER be brought back)
  • Explain to your child how dangerous it is to accept that people are who they say they are. Tell them that they should NEVER agree to meet someone from the online world without first talking to a trusted adult. (If they do agree to meet someone then they MUST take a trusted adult along)
  • Know how to report to CEOP and show your child the ‘Report Abuse’ icon.

Useful Websites:

Childline for free and confidential advice

UK Safer Internet Centre to report and remove harmful online content

CEOP for advice on making a report about online abuse

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, and other information about all types of media for children and their parents

Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying

Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls

Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

Lucy Faithfull Foundation StopItNow resource can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)

National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games

Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online

Swindon Safeguarding Partnership provide information about how parents can make the internet safe in the home.